Ever wonder what San Pedro Town would be like if it was still connected to the Yucatan mainland? Maybe a Cancun or a Puerto Vallarta. But the Maya, the first inhabitants of the southernmost tip of the Yucatan Peninsula, had a vision- that of keeping their home a Paradise. And they did- by digging a narrow channel that split the peninsula in two parts, giving birth to the island of Ambergris.
Today Ambergris Caye and the town of San Pedro, with its rich culture and history, is a bustling little town ready to welcome tourists from all over the world. A number of family-run hotels, restaurants, dive shops, and a few condos make tourism happen for the island. The greatest attraction is its coral reef, which lies like a necklace along its entire coast. If you happen to arrive in the early afternoon, chances are before dawn you would be back from your first dive. Coral gardens, canyons, shark alleys, and schools of colourful fish make the underwater world of Ambergris.
The evenings in San Pedro are cool, and a spirit of fiesta invades the town as both the islanders and tourists look for a place to go for dinner, or just to enjoy a fresh tropical drink. Reggae, salsa, and Spanish melodies fill the air while you share your day's adventures and plan your next trip. For those with extra energy, a visit to one of the local discos will surely do the job. Ask a local to show you how to "punta," a local dance that requires a lot of hip movements. And if you are still not tired and sleepy after all that dancing, go to the beach and wait for sunrise and watch as the island boys get their boats ready for another great day of diving on Ambergris Caye.
Gach Guerrero, Amigo Travel
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